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  • n. The condition and quality of being godly, pious, scrupulously observant of all the teaching's of one's religion, practicing virtue and avoiding sin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Careful observance of, or conformity to, the laws of God; the state or quality of being godly; piety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or quality of being godly; conformity to the will and law of God; piety.
  • n. Synonyms Saintliness, Holiness, etc. See religion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. piety by virtue of being a godly person

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Examples

  • He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions {5} and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

    Foreclosures: Did God Want You to Get That Mortgage?

  • The Bible talks about people who think that godliness is a means to financial gain, and places them among those who teach false doctrines, do not follow the instructions of Jesus Christ, are conceited and understand nothing:

    Benny Hinn: Todd Koontz and the two-minutes blessing scam

  • Christian, in hot climates where cleanliness should rank before godliness, is distinguished by his dirt which as a holy or reverend man he makes still dirtier, and he offers an ugly comparison with the Moslem and especially the Hindu.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I must further premise that the Jews never make any mention or account of secondary, or particular causes, but in a spirit of religion, piety, and what is commonly called godliness, refer all things directly to the Deity.

    Theologico-Political Treatise

  • May I suggest that there are many people (albeit hard to count) in this area whose godliness is exemplary, not so much in their Sunday-morning attendance but in their everyday social presence, philanthropic attitude, and treatment of their surroundings?

    Letters to the Editor

  • England_, "is to train up a nation in true wisdom and virtue, and that which springs from thence, magnanimity (take heed of that), and that which is our beginning, regeneration, and happiest end, likeness to God, which in one word we call godliness; ... other things follow as the shadow does the substance."

    Milton

  • They are so far from instructing and building up in godliness, that they are hindrances of it rather: the Christian religion, and good works, which are to be maintained, will hereby be weakened and prejudiced, the peace of the church disturbed, and the progress of the gospel hindered.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • A form of godliness is a very different thing from the power of it; men may have the one and be wholly destitute of the other; yea, they deny it, at least practically in their lives.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • We read it, godliness with contentment; godliness is itself great gain, it is profitable to all things; and, wherever there is true godliness, there will be contentment; but those have arrived at the highest pitch of contentment with their godliness are certainly the easiest happiest people in this world.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • The way of godliness is an everlasting way; it is everlastingly true and good, pleasing to God and profitable to us, and will end in everlasting life.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

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  • Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 1 Timothy 6:6-7.

    June 17, 2011

  • "By far the easiest and most productive method of stealing is on the job. Wages paid to delivery boys, sales clerks, shippers, cashiers and the like are so insulting that stealing really is a way of maintaining self-respect. If you are set on stealing the store dry when you apply for the job, begin with your best foot forward. Make what employment agencies call a 'good appearance'. Exude cleanliness, Godliness, sobriety and all the other WASPy virtues third grade teachers insist upon. Building up a good front will eliminate suspicion when things are 'missing'."
    - Abbie Hoffman, 'Steal This Book', 1971.

    February 18, 2009